Assad denies culpability in protest deaths

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied in an interview that he had ordered any of the killings in the regime's bloody 10-month crackdown on anti-government protesters, estimated by the UN to have resulted in at least 4,000 deaths, yet admitted mistakes had been made. Al-Assad questioned the credibility of the UN, describing Syria's membership in the world body as "a game we play."

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